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St. Vincent Interviews Rooney Mara, Posters Come to Life, Nobuhiko Obayashi Series, and More

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St. Vincent interviews Rooney Mara at Interview Magazine, revealing Patti Smith might show up in Terrence Malick‘s Weightless:

She was on the Terrence Malick movie I did. She shot, like, three days. I don’t know if she’ll end up in the cut, but her first day, she knocked on my trailer door—I hadn’t met her yet—and she introduced herself, because she was a huge fan of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I was like [screams]. We had scenes together where she’s showing me stuff on the guitar, and then she does a show in Austin. They really wanted me to
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John Goodman Joins Amazon Studio's Political Comedy 'Alpha House'

John Goodman Joins Amazon Studio's Political Comedy 'Alpha House'
Making a political comedy? There is probably no better person to wield a pen on the subject than "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau. And indeed, he's been tapped to pen "Alpha House," one of six new projects Amazon Studios are ramping up, and they've landed a big name to join. John Goodman will star in the show that will center on four senators living together in a rented Washington, D.C. house. Goodman will play a North Carolina senator and ex-venerated basketball coach whose supreme confidence is threatened when the Duke basketball coach runs against him. Writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Trudeau is most famous for penning the comic strip “Doonesbury” for more than four decades, but has also written for the screen on and off. “A Doonesbury Special” earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short while HBO miniseries “Tanner ‘88” and independent follow-up “Tanner on Tanner”...
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Director Robert Altman Dies at 81

Director Robert Altman Dies at 81
Robert Altman, the legendary director behind such modern classics as MASH, Nashville, The Player, and Gosford Park, died Monday night in Los Angeles; he was 81. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed, and a statement released Tuesday afternoon stated that Altman died from complications due to cancer; the news release also said that Altman had been in pre-production for a film he was slated to start shooting in February. When he was presented with an honorary Academy Award just last year, Altman revealed that he had been the recipient of a heart transplant within the past ten years, a fact he hadn't made public because he feared it would hinder his ability to get work. One of the most influential and well-respected directors of modern cinema, Altman's work was marked by a naturalistic approach that favored long, unbroken tracking shots and overlapping dialogue (as well as storylines), as well as improvisation, usually among a large ensemble cast. Though now regarded as one of the premier American filmmakers, Altman had a career that reached both popular and critical highs as well as lows, as he burst onto the scene in the early '70s with very acclaimed films, but had a string of commercial and critical failures as well. All told, he received five Oscar nominations for directing MASH, Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts and most recently Gosford Park. Other numerous awards include two Cannes Film Festival wins (for The Player and MASH), a Golden Globe (for Gosford Park) and an Emmy (for the TV series Tanner 88). Born in Kansas City, Altman attended Catholic schools as well as a military academy before enlisting in the Air Force in 1945. After being discharged, Altman tried his hand at acting and writing in both Los Angeles and New York before returning home to Kansas City, where he started making industrial films for the Calvin Company. After numerous false starts, Altman finally made the full move to Hollywood, and in 1957 directed his first theatrical film, The Delinquents. Though it didn't start him on the road to fame, the film was good enough to secure Altman work in television, particularly for Alfred Hitchcock and his Alfred Hitchcock Presents television series. In 1969, Altman was offered the script for MASH, which had been rejected by numerous other filmmakers. The movie, a black comedy set during the Korean War (and a thinly veiled attack on the then-raging Vietnam War), was a rousing commercial and critical success, scoring Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Director and, most famously, inspiring the successful TV sitcom, which took on a very different tone. His films after MASH included the revisionist western McCabe and Mrs. Miller and the updated California noir The Long Goodbye, but it was 1975's Nashville, a multi-layered film centered around the country music capital and the wildly divergent Americans who converged there, that would be his next major success, also receiving Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Director. After Nashville, Altman more often than not found himself on the opposite end of the spectrum, with films such as the acclaimed but sometimes puzzling 3 Women as well as the commercial flop A Wedding and, most notoriously, the Robin Williams version of Popeye, which was technically a hit but seen as an artistic failure. Altman worked constantly through the '80s - his films included Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Streamers, Secret Honor, and Fool for Love - but it wasn't until the HBO series Tanner 88, about a fictional candidate's run for the presidency, that he found favor again. In the early '90s, the one-two punch of The Player (a biting Hollywood satire) and Short Cuts (based on the stories of Raymond Carver) put him back on the map, but he followed those with the less well-received Pret-a-Porter, The Gingerbread Man, and Cookie's Fortune. True to the ups-and-downs of his career, Altman was back on top with Gosford Park, a British-set ensemble film that combined comedy, drama and mystery, and marked his first Best Picture nominee since Nashville. His last films included a revisit to the world of Tanner 88 with Tanner on Tanner, and just this year, A Prairie Home Companion, based on the radio show by Garrison Keillor. Upon receiving his honorary Oscar last year, Altman appeared to be in fine health, but reportedly directed most of A Prairie Home Companion from a wheelchair, with the Altman-influenced director Paul Thomas Anderson on hand. Altman is survived by his third wife, Kathryn, their two sons, and a daughter and two other sons from two previous marriages. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff

Reeve gets nom for DGA TV award

The late Christopher Reeve was among five nominees named Monday for the DGA's annual award recognizing made-for-TV films. Reeve, who died in October, was recognized for A&E's The Brooke Ellison Story. The other nominees were Joe Sargent for HBO's Something the Lord Made, Robert Altman for the Sundance Channel's Tanner on Tanner, Parts 1-4, Stephen Hopkins for HBO's The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and Lloyd Kramer for ABC's Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven. The winner will be announced Jan. 29 at the 57th annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

Fourth 'Tanner' on Sundance ticket

Sundance Channel has added a fourth episode to its upcoming limited series Tanner on Tanner. The series, which is director Robert Altman and writer Garry Trudeau's sequel to their HBO miniseries Tanner '88, catches up with the original characters 16 years later as Jack Tanner's (Michael Murphy) daughter Alex (Cynthia Nixon) shoots a documentary about the presidential campaign. The first of Tanner's four half-hour episodes debuts at 9 p.m. Oct. 5.

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